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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 77

    **AN UNUSUAL RUBY-RED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1700-1740

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    **AN UNUSUAL RUBY-RED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1700-1740
    Of flattened spherical form with flat lip, each main side with a raised, flat circular panel, the narrow sides flattened, the transparent glass slightly variegated and with a faint orange blush towards the foot, coral stopper with silver collar
    1 in. (4.72 cm.) high


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    This bottle is an early example of a ruby-red bottle produced at the Palace Workshops. The shape is extremely unusual, incorporating the flat or dished central panels which may have acted as integral snuff dishes. See one from the Bloch Collection illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang in A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 792, also without a foot but with continuous flattened narrow side panels. The shape is probably derived from European pocket-watches, which were imported into the Palace in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Christies, New York, 2 December 1994, lot 499
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd.